Nothing is more frightening than a defective toy for a child. When parents and loved ones purchase toys for children, they’re expecting them to be safe. At the bare minimum, a toy shouldn’t endanger a child. Unfortunately, that’s just not always the case. When children’s toys are defectively manufactured or designed poorly, they can put children at risk for injury and even death. After any type of injury to a child involving a potentially defective or dangerous toy, it’s critical to speak with a personal injury lawyer who has proven product liability case experience as soon as possible.
Manufacturing Defects in Children’s Toys
When things go wrong during the manufacturing process, toys can be made defectively. This is a huge problem if toys go to shelves and then into the hands of children. Sometimes, there is a problem in the factory. Assembly line problems can spell dangerous for children’s toys. No matter what type of manufacturing defect occurred, the important thing is that it is recognized through quality control procedures swiftly and removed from circulation. If defective toys do get into the hands of children, the results can be catastrophic.
In some cases, the very design involved in certain toys can be defective. Some toy designs will simply never be safe for children. We can probably think of many examples of dangerous toys from our childhood or from our parent’s childhoods that have no place in circulation today. They’re simply not designed to be safely handled or played with by children. A poorly designed toy has no place on the shelves or in the hands of children.
Small Parts and Choking Hazards
Another problem we see frequently are toys with small parts that could be choking hazards for small children. This is doubly dangerous where magnets are involved. Everybody who has ever spent time around children, especially toddlers, knows that they put everything in their mouths. It’s just what they do. This is why toys shouldn’t have small or potentially removable parts that can present a choking hazard to small children and toddlers.
Potentially Dangerous Children’s Toys
- Toys with small parts
- BB guns
- Airsoft guns
- Pocket bikes
When it comes to children’s toys, it’s essential for there to be appropriate warnings associated with any potentially issues or dangers involved. Parents and children need to be adequately warned if there are any potential safety hazards associated with a particular toy. This can help to improve safety and ensure parents know what to expect of toys. Some toys should only be used with adult supervision. These warnings have to be made clearly on toy packaging and in the instructions.
Toys That Are Not Age Appropriate
Appropriately classifying toys for the right age groups is an essential part of keeping children safe around toys. Some toys are safe for children who are at least three years of age. They can be catastrophically dangerous for children who are younger. A toy can be safe in the hands of one child and dangerous or even deadly in the hands of another. Age labels critically important for ensuring safety around children’s toys.
Lead and other toxic substances and chemicals should also never be in any children’s toys. Exposure to led and other harmful substances can leave children with irreversible and potentially life-threatening injuries. If you suspect a toy has poisoned your child, bring that to the attention of your lawyer immediately. Report your concerns to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and contact the manufacturer immediately.
Defective Children’s Toys Lawyer in Jackson
No parent should have to worry that his or her child’s toy isn’t safe. If a toy has injured a child, it is essential to get into contact with a personal injury lawyer who has proven product liability case experience as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your claim. A lawyer can be your advocate and fight to get you the compensation you deserve to cover medical bills and other expenses associated with the injury. Furthermore, holding toy manufacturers accountable is critical for ensuring that dangerous toys get pulled from shelves, so that other children aren’t hurt too.
If your child has been injured by a defective or faulty toy in or around the Jackson Metro Area, contact the skilled and proven Product Liability team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for a free case consultation today.
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